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I have several built pieces that came in a bulk purchase I made a while back that I had set aside in hopes of identifying the sets and pulling the missing parts from the loose bulk. Many of the sets I have been able to identify by pulling a less common piece, checking the Lego ID number and browsing sets that include that part.
I still have a few built pieces that only contain pretty common parts. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to query (I love Brickset, but if another site would be better for this specific task) multiple parts and display sets containing all of the "parameter parts." I figure there may be a lot of sets containing a specific "common" part, but by adding the ability to filter those results by another part or two would be a huge help to narrowing down the list.
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It is probably worth looking through for any stickered parts or checking minifigures (hoping they haven't been taken apart and rebuilt randomly).
A problem with entering the parts into rebrickable for the specific builds I have questions about is that I only have a section of most of the builds. They had mostly fallen apart, so it would be a partial listing.
Type their element IDs into the set finder, and it shows that they must have come from either 31009 or 60098:
And looking at the set images on Brickset, it's obvious which one they must have come from.
Or just add a third element and you get a definitive answer:
Thank you @paul_merton ! Perhaps you can work something out with @Huw to add this into the Brickset homepage?
I still have 100+ sets from from my childhood I haven't put back together yet because it's such a daunting/time-consuming task. With your Set Finder function I might actually pick up the courage to have another go at it!
Worked very well for this random vehicle base I had not identified yet.
“This combination of elements can only have originated from set 42041”
I think my issue is getting specific enough with the element number (color as opposed to overall item number). What is the easiest way to nail down the correct number? I realize it's likely staring me in the face.
So it correctly guessed that it was from #4204 using just two parts! (6003941 and 4560183)
Here is how I've been finding the element ID:
1. Type the PN into Brickset's Parts search.
2. Locate the correct part and view the parts detail page.
3. The title will contain the element id.
Example: a white 2x4x1 Roof Tile (18 deg.) is design number 30363 (https://brickset.com/parts/design-30363). Finding the White one in the results allows me to determine the element number to 414300 (https://brickset.com/parts/4143000/roof-tile-2x4x1-18°)
I tried going to another set with the same element (8030), but only the part number is shown and not the element ID, and clicking on it takes me to the Rebrickable page.
Other sets show up ok, but I guess it's the older ones where this can be an issue?
I think the reason part 4442 doesn't show up on Brickset is that the parts inventories on the main site come from Lego themselves and doesn't contain discontinued pieces.
For example #5561 (from 1997) comes with 4 of part 4442 but they also don't show up in the parts inventory. The parts page does have the following stated at the top of the page though.
"According to the set database, this set has 761 parts. The inventory from LEGO.com contains 606 parts. This suggests that the inventory is 79.6%complete."
Rebrickable should be a good source for finding the discontinued parts ID though.
I only recently found out that you can do something similar on bricklink, using the design IDs plus colour, rather than the element IDs. This might help people where they don't want to have to look up all the element IDs but know the design ID.
The downside is you can only use up to three parts.